Learning Note: Does Market Development work in Nepal?

Following the completion of an evaluation of Samarth-NMDP1 for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the first market systems programme in Nepal, Itad present our latest Learning Note: Does Market Development work in Nepal? In it, we tackle whether this type of programme is relevant in Nepal, if it is an effect way of reducing poverty, and the challenges programme implementers are likely to face.

The Samarth programme worked with a national dairy processor to upgrade the processing facilities and expand the milk collection of a local cheese producer. In turn, the local producer worked with smallholder farmers to improve milk productivity and quality through improved husbandry practices.